Rachel Bower is in the final stages of her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation is entitled, ‘Epistolarity and the World Republic of Letters, 1980-2010.’ The research examines the resurgence of epistolary conventions and techniques at the end of the long twentieth century. Rachel’s wider research includes work on Arab anglophone literature, the relation between text and context and postcolonial book history.
Ben Etherington is a lecturer in the School of Humanities and is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. His work focuses on the poetics of verse in creole across the Caribbean from the abolition of slavery until decolonisation. He is also finishing a monograph titled Literary Primitivism, has published several articles, including in Modern Intellectual History and Paragraph, and writes regularly for the Sydney Review of Books.
Charne Lavery is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Her research focuses on oceanic imaginaries in colonial and postcolonial fiction. She is currently working on a monograph on Indian Ocean literature, based on her DPhil dissertation, as well as a new project on the figure of the beachcomber in world literature.
Charlotta Salmi is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her work looks at different forms of violence in contemporary literature from the Middle East and South Asia. Her doctoral thesis considered ideas of community and conflict in partition texts, while her current project examines postcolonial violence in comics and graphic novels.
Jarad Zimbler is a Lecturer in Modern English Literature at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on apartheid and post-apartheid South African literature. He has recently completed his first monograph, J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style and is currently working on two new projects, a study of South African poetry, and a book on literary communities of the Cold War.